Spanish football club Real Madrid announced on Thursday that it was suing a Portuguese media organisation for filing an article stating that the football team made Cristiano Ronaldo cover up the rape allegations against him, AFP has reported.
The Spanish giants stated that legal action was taken against Correio da Manha which reported that “Real Madrid pressured him to sign an non-disclosure accord and pay compensation to his accuser, Kathryn Mayorga”.
“Real Madrid has absolutely no knowledge of any of the information that the newspaper published with regard to the player Cristiano Ronaldo, and therefore the club could not have taken action on a matter of which it had no knowledge,” Real Madrid said in a statement.
Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in the world of sport. The five-time winner of the prestigious FIFA Player of the Year moved to Juventus from Real Madrid for 100 million euros this summer.
A German magazine mentions that Leslie Stovall, the lawyer of the alleged victim Kathryn Mayorga, said that the rape happened at a hotel in Las Vegas in June 2009.
Stovall said that they had reached for an out-of-court agreement, according to the magazine. The lawyer said that her client pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.
“The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall told Der Spiegel.
The German magazine named Der Spiegel published a video on its website in which Stovall said that her client was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by Ronaldo.
The footballing star dismissed the accusations as “fake news”.